English Premiership

De Bruyne adapting to new role

2016-08-16 19:17
Kevin de Bruyne (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne reveals that he is getting used to his new-role under coach Pep Guardiola, following their 2-1 victory against Sunderland.

The Belgium international starred in the Citizens' opening Premiership fixture of the 2016/17 season and revealed that he is still in the process of adapting to the former Bayern Munich mentor's style of play.

"It's taken some adjusting, but it's OK," he told the club's website.

"He has his tactics. I don't really play as a number 10, more as a free eight, with a lot of movement everywhere.

"Everyone is starting to understand it. You sometimes could see someone thinking 'Where should I run?' but for a first match it was better than expected.

"The intention is to play from the back and then scroll it to me and David (Silva), so we can be five against four, but Sunderland stuck against us a bit. Still, it was OK and we had chances.

"There will come matches with more risk - this was the first match and we were all adapting."

Among the more notable changes within Guardiola's squad is the inclusion of Willy Caballero in place of Joe Hart as goalkeeper.

"It's very different from last year, as with every coach - it's a different way of working, of living, and I'm feeling good," he added.

"Sometimes it's easier to put in a few seconds pressure than to go for a long sprint.

"It feels a little less heavy. And if you get a lot of ball possession, you can breathe a little bit some times."


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